Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Honeymoon Roadtrip Pt. 1

Our honeymoon had been a long planning process. We spent a lot of time thinking about where we wanted to go and planned it out rather quickly. Actually, that's a complete lie. We changed our minds about 15 times on where we wanted to go, because our first thought was "Let's go the Bahamas." I mean, isn't that the sort of place you're supposed to go for your honeymoon? And then we realized that it just wasn't in the cards for us and we'd plan that trip for some anniversary down the road. Our second thought was to go to our favorite little mountain hugged town, Idyllwild, and camp up in a cabin for a week. I'm not really sure how we changed our mind from doing that, but then we came across the idea of taking a road trip. And so, the decision was made and we began to map out our trip from San Diego up the coast to Sacramento. It's a typical 9 hour drive that we turned into a week drive. And boy was it worth it.

Here is Part 1: 

The plan was to leave Sunday Morning, August 3rd, because we were racing saturday. But when the race got rained out, we found ourselves at home around 4pm. We packed up our car, filled it up with gas, and decided "What if we just left now?" but by this time it was 8:45pm so we called a hotel about 2 1/2 hours up the road and booked us a room for the night.

When we got to the hotel to check in, it was about 12am. The man checking us in looked really confused when Mr. Speedracer told him his name, so the man got the, very rude, manager. Without saying our last name SR didn't even get his first name out of his mouth before she said "We don't have a room for you. It got cancelled, we are booked. Sorry" which sent Mr. Speedracer into an uproar, naturally. After 15-20 minutes trying to figure out what to do and the woman being horribly rude to us. We drove down the street to IHOP and got some pancakes. SR found a hotel another hour up the road, so we quickly finished our food and drove to our hotel, which we found was not in the best part of town but we would only be there for 4-5 hours at this point anyways. We slept in shifts because we were both so nervous of the location. We got to the hotel at 2am woke up at 6am, and then we were off. Of course we laughed about what we had just gotten ourselves into, but we were glad we were on our way. 

I told SR that I wanted to stop in La Puente, CA because they had a drive through donut shop and I heard it was local tradition for Newlyweds to drive through for good luck, it wasn't too far off our path and it sure was yummy. We also laughed the whole way through because we thought a drive through donut was hilarious. We are weird. Clearly, but then it was straight towards HWY 1 and up the coast towards Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. 

The Drive was about 6 hours from La Puente to San Simeon..but it was absolutely gorgeous, from the beach to the mountains.  We took in all the sights, we rocked out to music, and we enjoyed each other company and talked about many things. We also stopped in this little mountain town in Santa Ynez for a bathroom, gas, and stretch break. The town was so cute, but you have to make sure you look quickly because it will be gone in a blink of an eye. Once we got to Hearst Castle, we had time to kill before our tour so we walked around the huge visitor center and picked up some cute little coffee cups mugs. We collect mugs so we decided to make it a point to get a coffee mug and post card from every place. Once it was time for our tour, we took the 15 minute bus ride to the top of the mountain. I don't do well with altitudes but I was fine once we walked around a bit, which I'm glad we did because it was breath-taking. Literally. 

We knew we wanted to make it to our campsite before sundown, yes campsite. We stayed in 1 hotel for 1 night on our honeymoon. We wanted to camp and so we did. Whats a road trip up the coast without pitching a tent? Answer: Nothing. And it was about 4pm by the time we got done drooling over the hearst castle. So we made our drive towards BIG SUR, CA. which has easily become our new favorite place ever and we are planning a trip just to Big Sur. It was magical. I. Cant. Even.

We got to Big Sur state park, and the drive was amazing, so green and full of life. I was practically in tears with how beautiful it was. We set up our little camp, cracked open some beers, and ate dinner. Which was just some sandwiches and pasta salad that we picked up from a deli down the road. Relaxing was definitely our favorite part. It was so peaceful and we loved being in the outdoors.

The bridge, in the pictures above, is the Bixby Bridge, built in 1928 and it's amazing. It's all I could talk about for days leading up to our honeymoon. When we finally got to it, I was geeking out, I loved it. I cannot tell you how many pictures we took and how long we stood there just looking at it. I was a little obsessed. just a little. but like, a lot.

The next morning after we camped out, we made our way to our next destination and made sure we made it there by breakfast. Luckily, Big Sur and Monterey are only about an hour apart...But that's for another blog post!!

Stay Tuned, Next up we take on Monterey, Ca. 

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